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Montgomery Endowment turns 25

Posted 09/19/03, by Tamara Steinert

Anniversary program examines state of journalism

Several renowned journalists will offer reflections on "Truth and Ethics in Journalism" as part of a series to be presented by the Montgomery Endowment beginning this fall.

Longtime New York Times reporter David Shipler, who won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize, will inaugurate the series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Loew Auditorium with a screening and discussion of his documentary Arab and Jew: Return to the Promised Land.

Using the state of journalism as its focus, the lecture series is part of the Montgomery Endowment's 25th anniversary celebration and is free and open to the public. Other speakers will be Roger Wilkins, author of Jefferson's Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism (Beacon Press, 2001) and a regular contributor to The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Wilkins will speak on "Jefferson and 21st Century Journalism" on Oct. 19.

Other speakers in the series will be Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, on Oct. 22; Christopher Wren, a 28-year veteran of The New York Times, on Oct. 29; National Public Radio foreign correspondent Anne Garrels on Nov. 4; Newsweek contributing editor and New York Times columnist David Brooks on Jan. 13, 2004; and Lewis Lapham, editor of Harper's Magazine, on Feb. 3, 2004.

"Dartmouth is forever indebted to Ken and Harle Montgomery for their generosity and imagination," said President James Wright. "For 25 years, the Montgomery Endowment has supported our ability to bring important speakers, artists, and performers to Hanover. The Montgomery Fellows share their work with our community and engage us in conversations about the important issues we face as a society. It is in keeping with the spirit of the Montgomery vision that this year's anniversary program is an examination of journalism and will include a number of distinguished journalists."

In addition to Shipler's public presentation, he also will be a scholar-in-residence during the fall and will teach a seminar titled "Civil Liberties in a Time of Terrorism" in the government department.

Shipler joined The New York Times as a news clerk in 1966 and has spent most of his tenure there reporting on the most volatile regions of the world. In the early 1970s, he covered Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, later moving to the Times' Moscow bureau, where he served as bureau chief from 1977 to 1979. In the 1980s he was named chief of the paper's Jerusalem bureau. Along with Thomas Friedman, he received the 1983 George Polk Award for coverage of the Lebanon War. He also was chief diplomatic correspondent in the Times' Washington bureau.

Shipler's experiences have resulted in several best-selling books, including 1983's Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams, which earned the Overseas Press Club Award. His 1987 book Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and led to the 1990 PBS documentary Arab and Jew and the follow-up film Arab and Jew: Return to the Promised Land in 2002. His most recent book is A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America, published in 1997. A new book titled The Working Poor: Invisible in America will be published in February 2004. His other honors include being a fellow at the Brookings Institution, serving as a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and participating in President Bill Clinton's first town meeting on race.

The Montgomery Endowment brings to Dartmouth outstanding figures not only from the academic world but from nonacademic spheres as well. It was established in 1977 by the late Chicago attorney Kenneth F. Montgomery '25 and his wife, Harle, to "provide for the advancement of the academic realm of the college. . . making possible new dimensions for, as well as extraordinary enrichments to, the educational experience" at Dartmouth.

-By Tamara  Steinert

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Interview with Harle Montgomery (posted 09/19/03)

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